Walk the Blue Fields (Paperback)

By Claire Keegan

Grove Press, Black Cat, 9780802170491, 168pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2008

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Claire Keegan's brilliant debut collection, "Antarctica," was a "Los Angeles Times" Book of the Year, and earned her resounding accolades on both sides of the Atlantic. Now she has delivered her next, much-anticipated book, "Walk the Blue Fields," an unforgettable array of quietly wrenching stories about despair and desire in the timeless world of modern-day Ireland. In the never-before-published story The Long and Painful Death, a writer awarded a stay to work in Heinrich Boll's old cottage has her peace interrupted by an unwelcome intruder, whose ulterior motives only emerge as the night progresses. In the title story, a priest waits at the altar to perform a marriage and, during the ceremony and the festivities that follow, battles his memories of a love affair with the bride that led him to question all to which he has dedicated his life; later that night, he finds an unlikely answer in the magical healing powers of a seer.
A masterful portrait of a country wrestling with its past and of individuals eking out their futures, "Walk the Blue Fields" is a breathtaking collection from one of Ireland's greatest talents, and a resounding articulation of all the yearnings of the human heart.


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